What makes something traditional? Is it simply doing things “the old way” or does it mean leaving something unrevised for as long as possible? Does it mean passed down by families through generations or can anything be traditional as long as it’s old enough?
Tradition is a very important aspect of culture—especially when it comes to food—and simply calling something traditional does not make it so. It can be hard to define “traditional” sometimes, but at the end of the day, we like to think it has something to do with being made from the heart, with time honored methods in a way that honors the richness of those who created it.
Case in point: everything on the menu at Haili’s Hawaiian Foods is a tribute to those who came before us and their dedication to creating exceptional Hawaiian foods in Honolulu, HI.
Rich with history, honored by tradition
Haili’s Hawaiian Foods was founded in 1948, roughly a decade before Hawaii was even ratified as a state! In all of the years our doors have been open our restaurant has never once changed hands outside of our family and even today, we continue to be completely family owned and operated. The lineage of our time-honored cooking and cuisine traditions has never been broken and this has allowed us to keep our own traditions alive in a way that few other restaurants can compare to today.
We have a mission to continue creating amazing Hawaiian dishes for all of those people we serve and we’re not quick to deviate from the recipes and ingredients that have made us such a staple in our community. We know that with changing times can come changing methods, which is why we work to preserve the foundation of our cooking while those around us experiment and deviate from the origins of Hawaiian cuisine.
Flavorful dishes made with you in min
So what can you expect in the way of Hawaiian foods in Honolulu, HI when you stop on in to visit us at Haili’s Hawaiian Foods? Well, a number of exciting dishes, actually! From poke to pig, ahi tuna to beef stew, each of our menu items is prepared fresh and made ready to order for you, so that you can experience authentic Island cooking the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
Whether this is your first time dipping your toe into the water that is Hawaiian cooking or you’re finding yourself in our restaurant again and again as a local resident, we want you to have the best experience possible and we’ll go out of our way to make it a reality. Here, you’ll always find the freshest fish, the most potent seasonings, the finest cuts of meat and no shortage of mouthwatering sides that are guaranteed to make your meal one to remember.
If you’re coming to Hawaii in search of real, traditional Hawaiian foods in Honolulu, HI, come to the place where “traditional” isn’t just a word—it’s a way of life. We’ll have a seat waiting for you at Haili’s Hawaiian Foods!